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November 3, 2011

'Historic Infomercial' to be presented

Daily Star

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Join the Friends of Huntington Memorial Library at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, for a program presented by City Historian Mark Simonson. Mark will be emphasizing the "info" with less on the "mercial" as he presents old newspaper advertisements featuring former businesses of the area.

Audience members, whether they are newcomers or longtime residents, will enjoy hearing of the leisurely life when Oneonta was a busy railroad center. The program will not only stir up memories, but will also find the audience chuckling. This program is free and open to the public.

Membership Campaign

The 2012 membership campaign for the Friends of Huntington Memorial Library is has begun. It's time to join or renew your membership for next year. Forms are available at the library or by printing them from the library's website at

Friendship Books

Be a Friend of the Library, or just be a friend to someone. The library has dozens of books on friendship for all ages. Here are just a few, all of which were published this year.

"The End of Everything" by Megan Abbott takes place in the Midwest during the 1980s. Lizzie Hood and Evie Verver are best friends. They share everything, and each loves the other's family as much as their own. One day, Evie disappears. Lizzie had seen a dark car in the neighborhood, and it is the only clue. Lizzie is interrogated and decides to look for her friend herself. Did she really, truly know Evie as well as she thought?

Paul's daughter Miranda is getting married, and on the morning of her wedding, he learns that the bank he manages has been robbed. It appears that it is the same person who robbed the bank 25 years earlier. The man his daughter is to marry is Paul former best friend. And his daughter is missing. Coincidence? Find out in "You Don't Love This Man" by Dan DeWeese.

Isaac and Mitch are best friends in "The Locket" by Stacey Jay. They were, that is, until Isaac's girlfriend cheated on him with Mitch. Katie is devastated over her mistake and would do anything to get Isaac back. She discovers a strange locket on her 17th birthday, and when she puts it on, it pulls her back in time, to the night she and Mitch kissed. Can she change the past?What are the consequences if she does?

Children's Books

"Maddie Finds a Best Friend" is by local author Marjorie Rogers. Maddie is a golden retriever and she tells the story of finding a best friend, Tobey. Tobey is her brother and the two of them have many adventures in New York state and Florida. Photographs show the dogs in the snowy north and the sunny south having lots of fun. Maddie is also a therapy dog and she loves to visit schools and be petted by children. This is a great book for families to share and for independent readers, and the photos are marvelous.

Posey has the perfect birthday present for her teacher. When she sees the present her friend brings, hers doesn't seem great at all. Posey puts on her tutu, which always makes her feel special, and she hopes it will work its magic this time in "Princess Posey and Perfect Present" by Stephanie Greene.

Waddles the racoon and Emily the duck are best friends. One day, Emily asks Waddles to sit on her eggs while she goes for a swim. Waddles loves to help and he gets a big surprise when the eggs hatch. He becomes very attached to the ducklings in "Waddles" by David McPhail. When it's time for them to fly south, he sadly wonders if he'll every see his friends again. Children will be delighted to see what happens when spring arrives.

Library Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday.

Marie Bruni is director of Huntington Memorial Library in Oneonta. Her column appears in the community section of The Daily Star every Thursday. Her columns can be found online at